Bristol Live have reported that Aberdeen are close to agreeing a loan deal for Bristol City defender Zak Vyner.

The 22-year-old spent last season at Rotherham. Bristol Live’s report claims that Dons boss Derek McInnes wants him signed before his side head out to Croatia for their Europa League clash with Rijeka.

Bristol City defender Vyner has been linked with Aberdeen.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Whilst a deal has not yet been finalised, the report claims one is very close to completion.

What will Vyner add to the Dons though?

Vyner sorts centre-back problem and adds versatility

Aberdeen have some serious issues at centre-back. Ash Taylor and Mikey Devlin have been struggling for fitness in recent weeks, whilst their main defender Scott McKenna has handed in a transfer request.

McKenna has handed in a transfer request. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Vyner would solve McInnes’ defender woes, at least for now. McKenna isn’t away yet, but they still need another centre-half regardless. Vyner is a good quality option to have.

He played 34 times in the Championship last year for Rotherham. Interestingly, despite being touted as a centre-back option, Vyner played 32 of his 34 games at right-back according to Transfermarkt.

During the 2017/18 season with City and Plymouth, according to Transfermarkt, he played 16 times at centre-back and six times at right-back.

Vyner was used as a centre-half by Plymouth. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Vyner’s clearly comfortable playing in either position, but what are his attributes like? Well, if he does move to Pittodrie, he’s a bit different to any other defender McInnes has.

The defender is an athlete. Vyner is very quick and can win most things in the air. His tackling and ability on the ball is decent. With any mistakes he makes, his physicality usually comes to his rescue.

This looks like a decent signing on paper for Aberdeen. Vyner has high level experience in the Championship, plus he can cover a couple of positions in the defensive department.

A decent signing on paper. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Bristol City see him as a decent prospect and want him to get games on the evidence of this. With Aberdeen’s current centre-half predicament, the Ashton Gate side can be safe in the knowledge that he’ll get games with the Dons.

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